918. Return and readmission of patients absent without leave.

Where a patient1 for the time being liable to be detained under the Mental Health Act 19832 in a hospital3: (1) absents himself from the hospital without leave4; or (2) fails to return to the hospital on any occasion on which, or at the expiration of any period for which, leave of absence was granted to him, or on being recalled to hospital5; or (3) absents himself without permission from any place where he is required to reside in accordance with conditions imposed on the grant of leave of absence6, he may, within certain limits of time7, be taken